Police find nail bomb at Christmas market in Germany's Potsdam

Police officers patrol the area after an explosive was found at a Christmas market in Potsdam near Berlin Germany on Friday

German police evacuated a popular Christmas market in the city of Potsdam on Friday before destroying a suspicious package containing nails and an unidentified powder in a controlled explosion, officials said.

Karl-Heinz Schroeter, interior minister of the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin, said the area would remain shut while police searched with sniffer dogs for any other similar packages.

The package contained nails, powder and a firecracker, but it's not clear if it was a functioning explosive device.

The device was sent to a pharmacy in the city, which is south-west of Berlin.

Armed police are on the scene in Potsdam, Germany, after the suspected device was found by police.

Security measures were in the spotlight as Berlin's Christmas markets officially opened on Monday.

Past year a Christmas market in Berlin itself was attacked, killing a total of 12 people.

"The Christmas markets are part of our lives and our culture", he said.

A failed Tunisian asylum seeker drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016, killing 12 people and injuring another 56.

The city will then unveil a memorial to the attacks: a bronze crack inserted into the pavement and, on the steps leading to the church, the names of the victims.

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